"Let's bug-out now," calls a DOOMSDAY PREPPER to his family of six. This group heads toward an RV at a jog. Dressed in camouflage fatigues, they carry a variety of guns and have ammunition belts around their waists.The father clicks his stopwatch as they enter the vehicle..., "Three minutes, twenty-four. Not bad."
All varieties of warfare, cosmic catastrophes and failed governments find a surprising number of people preparing for worst case scenarios. Defined as, "the day of the last judgement at the end of the world," the noun 'doomsday' is foreboding. Stockpiling all sundries imaginable, mastering various types of weaponry, and living each day in readiness, these folks are terribly serious about a possible future crisis on our planet.
A group of preppers recently congregated in New York City. Forty folks, members of the New York City Preppers Network., displayed a wide variety of items to have at the ready, just in case. A vegetarian had a stash of homemade dehydrated lentils. One man had a condom designed to serve as an emergency canteen; another had a rat trap... to catch and eat rats. After showing some gear from his own bag - a parachute cord, a bivy sack, a two-week supply of Meals Ready to Eat, Mr. Charles, a New York City firefighter, explained to the the group that he had just bought a dog. “So now I have to implement his plan, too,” he said worriedly. With a pause he added, “That’s weird, right?
1) Bruce Beach, 78, lives in Ontario. He has several underground school buses, equipped with just about everything one could need for survival.
2) Yang Zongfu 32 of China - has 3-ton yellow steel balls, 13 feet in diameter. Inside, one can withstand "a volcano, a tsunami, an earthquake or a nuclear meltdown." he claims.
3) Robert Blast, 46 of Australia has spent $350,000 collecting food, water, gas cookers, generators, and a truck that will transport his family to their 'safe house,' which is 1,500 feet above sea level.
4) Lu Zhenghai of China is building a 'Noah's Ark.' This massive ship has cost $160,000 to date and it is unclear as to the type and number of animals he plans to take with him.
5) Patrick Geryl's wooden bunker sits on his South African land and is said to withstand "all dangers."
6) Kathy Harrison lives in New England with her small family. Instead of stockpiling the usual fare, they harbor honey bees. Kathy states,"In a grid down situation those bees become not just food for us, but they become money that we can barter for."
"What scares me? Oh now that's a big question. I don't know what scares me - cockroaches, nuclear apocalypse. Fear is an interesting thing. It has a place in our lives. "
~ Zachary Quinto